Everyday Champion - Krista Stangel
Oct. 7, 2009
Krista Stangel was a blue chip athlete that was highly recruited coming out of Enterprise High School in Enterprise, Ore. Her solid work ethic on the course wasn’t the only thing looked at as she was also her class valedictorian and National Honors Society member. And all of those aspects have carried over to Oregon State.
A redshirt junior, majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences, Stangel has maintained her top GPA, adding a pair of Pac-10 All-Academic First Team selections. That comes while also being recognized as one of the team’s top runners by competing at the Pac-10 Championshps and NCAA West Regional as a freshman and sophomore.
Learn more about Krista Stangel…
Why did you choose to come to Oregon State?
I chose to come to Oregon State mainly because when I started looking at schools, I had decided I wanted to run. I was also interested in education, so I was trying to decide which would be the best fit, not only academically but also athletically. Most colleges have education programs, so I was mainly looking at the athletic part of it. Kelly was one of the main reasons. From the first time I met him and once I came here and met the team on a recruiting visit I knew that it was the right fit for me.
What’s the best part of running for Coach Sullivan?
The best part of running for Kelly is just that he makes it really fun and makes me really want to do it and be a part of the team. Of course it’s serious, too, and everyone’s trying to work hard and accomplish our goals, but he cares about all of us not only as athletes but also as people. He wants the best for us in running and in life. He really makes it a good overall experience.
Do you have any family that attends or attended Oregon State?
I do have family that attends and attended Oregon State. Currently I have a brother, who is a sophomore here studying engineering. And both of my parents also attended Oregon State. My mom graduated from the pharmacy program and my dad also attended for a couple of years.
In your opinion, what’s the best thing about Corvallis?
The best thing about Corvallis is probably just the school. I don’t do a whole lot other than go to school and run, so I guess I’d just say having the college here and the athletic department. I do enjoy Corvallis. It’s close to Portland and close to the coast, as well. It still has that small town feeling of a closer community, not a big city.
What’s your favorite thing about running?
My favorite thing about running right now is running with my team. I have so many great memories with my team and getting to know them has been a lot of fun. So I enjoy running with all of the girls on my team. I also like being able to push myself and improve. I think running can kind of be connected to other areas in life. It takes a lot of dedication and determination – just hard work. It’s like other sports, just to get out and do it every day. I think it really crosses over and helps in a lot of other areas of life as well.
You’re majoring in HDFS, what do you plan on doing with your degree?
I’m majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences, and my option is Early Childhood Education and Development. I chose that major mainly because I was interested in education and teaching. HDFS is a major that students that are interested in teaching choose at Oregon State. I really enjoy the major and am really passionate about working with kids. I’m planning on going to grad school, possibly in education, but I’m also considering Speech Language Pathology to become more of a speech teacher. But either way, I want to work with younger kids.
What would you say is your most memorable cross country moment?
It’s hard to pick just one, but I guess just mainly being part of the team. I guess as far as actually competing, my first two years I got to compete at Pac-10s and Regionals, helping the team to improve both of those years from the previous years. So that was neat. But in general, just being a part of the team and getting to develop relationships with my teammates and coaches.
How do you balance being a student and athlete?
I balance being a student and an athlete mainly by making those my two priorities every day. It helps to be organized and planning ahead and knowing your schedule. I try to plan around practice, plan around my classes and know when I have time to do what I need to do. I’m kind of a type-A personality, so I’m always planning ahead and making sure I can get everything in.